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Walter John vs Aron Nimzowitsch
Hamburg (1910), Hamburg GER, rd 8, Jul-26
Queen Pawn Game: Zukertort Variation (D02)  ·  0-1

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Jul-13-05  Caissanist: According to Edward Lasker, Nimzowitsch made a big show of not taking John seriously during this game. Supposedly he spent a lot of time gazing at the paintings on the wall of the tournament hall while his clock was running, and made most of his early moves without bothering to sit down at the table. John was so enraged that he challenged Nimzowitsch to a duel the next day.
Jul-13-05  fgh: <Caissanist>: And what was the result of that game?
May-16-13  JimNorCal: <fgh>: do you mean the result of the challenge to duel? Lasker reports that Nimzo laughed, showed his bicep muscles and said he would choose to fight with his fists and that John's friends should warn him not to proceed. The duel was called off.

The book is a terrific read: Chess Secrets (that I learned from the masters) by Ed. Lasker.

Jan-24-14  ForeverYoung: According to Nimzowitch this game is his first example of the "blockade sacrifice". His 17 ... c4 was played with a view to setting up a blockade with the queen on d5. In the game this would have appeared after 20 Bxe4 Bxe4 21 Qd2 Qg5 22 f4 Qd5. The tactical stroke ... c4 is extremely interesting and noteworthy.
Oct-19-14  Oceanlake: The Art Appreciation game.
Nov-05-20  tinnderbox: According to Hannak, who cites Ed Lasker, Nimzowitsch (then still Niemzowitsch, btw) showed up 45 minutes late for this game. In no hurry he walked around at leisure to look at the paintings, that had been there all week, before finally playing a move without sitting down.

To Nimzowitsch, John was just an old guy that could hardly play. To John, Nimzowitsch was an uncouth youngster without any manners.

Since many older people felt the same way, and since *they* were the one organizing tournaments, Nimzowitsch got no more invitations for German events over the next years. So from a marketing point of view he did himself a great disservice.

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